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In a current project we’re looking at how the conversation on public space in New York City has evolved in the last 20-25 years. One of the most interesting comments unearthed by our interviews was that there has been a shift in the kind of spaces we are making or (re) making in that time, from the loss-based approach of public space efforts in the 1980s and early 90s, like the Central Park Conservancy’s early restoration-based work–to a more contemporary, future-oriented aesthetic and approach in some of the flagship public spaces being built today.

While in town last week I visited Brooklyn Bridge Park and took a panorama that expresses these two moments coming together in quite a dramatic way. From dark to light, high to low, right to left, I was struck by the contrasts and a paradigm shift laid out almost didactically clearly. How does a paradigm shift so dramatically? And what remains the same? This is part of what’s so great about cities–the overlapping histories that show up and bump against each other in space.

Mia Scharphie
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Paradigm in Pano: Brooklyn Bridge Park